One of my favorite cakes to make during the holiday season is this bûche de nöel. The cake is a holiday tradition for the French made during Christmas time. In America, we know the cake as a yule log cake, but the reason I love it so much is that it's such an easy way to make an impressive, festive cake without any fancy cake decorating skills. I've seen tutorials for painted cakes with marzipan-crafted toppings that are beautiful but incredibly time-consuming and require extensive skill to…
The Showstopping Yule Log for Your Christmas Table
The first Christmas yule log cake, or Buche de Noel, recipe was cleverly created in the late 1800s by a French pastry chef looking to replace and pay culinary homage to the original yule log tradition. This new, gastronomic tradition caught on in spectacular fashion, and the Christmas dessert is now celebrated worldwide. This chocolate buche de Noel recipe showcases a light-as-air, vanilla Genoise cake rolled into a cylinder with the richest, homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.
The Yule log, (also known as a bûche de Noël in France and French Canada) is a traditional Christmas dessert served around the holiday. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and decorated with chocolate bark.